Raleigh — Rep. Michael H. Wray has been reappointed by House Speaker Joe Hackney to a bipartisan committee that will study issues related to emergency preparedness and disaster management.
The Joint Select Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Recovery is studying state building codes in hurricane and flood areas; public health infrastructure; hurricane/flood preparedness, evacuation, and response; energy security; and bioterrorism.
Rep. Grier Martin and Sen. Martin Nesbitt will co-chair the 30-member committee. They are expected to make a final report by the end of 2009 and have the authority to issue interim reports before then.
“I am pleased to be appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Recovery,” Rep. Wray said. “It is critical that our state and its citizens are prepared for weather, public health, energy, security and bioterrorism emergencies. I am sure the committee’s report will bring recommendations for improvement in our state’s preparedness and recovery efforts when emergencies occur.”
Rep. Wray is a Democrat in his second term representing Northampton, Vance and Warren counties. He is chairman of the Education Subcommittee on Community Colleges and vice chairman of the Wildlife Resources Committee.